Jelly Roll quilts

8 Fun Jelly Roll Quilts

This Saturday (9/18/2021) is National Sew A Jelly Roll day. To celebrate, I’m rounding up a list of 8 of my favorite jelly roll quilt patterns. You can also look for a Jelly Roll giveaway this weekend on Instagram @lellaboutique and Facebook.

What is a Jelly Roll?

If you’re new to the world of fabric precuts, Jelly Rolls are Moda Fabrics’ fancy name for 2-1/2″ x 40″ strips rolled up in a concentric , cinnamon-roll style (just as irresistible as the edible kind). These precut strip bundles are fun to design with, so much so that I wrote a book about them called Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2-1/2″ Strips (Stash Books).

Lollipop Garden jelly roll by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Lollipop jelly roll by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

8 Fun Jelly Roll Quilts

Many of us quilters like “collecting” precuts like Jelly Rolls. It seems like we sometimes purchase them because we fall in love the fabric – not necessarily because we have a specific need or project in mind. Hopefully, this post will provide some encouragement to unwrap those beauties and turn them into something beautiful to enjoy.

#1 Sprinkles on Top

As a kid, I firmly believe that everything was better with sprinkles on top. I sneaked them into my oatmeal, yogurt, and applesauce. To add sprinkles meant to make something extra special and fancy. One day, I gave the sprinkle bottle a hearty shake, and the screen came off, dumping the entire container of sprinkles onto my cereal. I learned the value of moderation that day. This graphic quilt gives the illusion of frosted cake squares – with just the right amount of sprinkles.

Sprinkles on Top jelly roll quilt. Really cool, graphic black and white plus sign quilt. Pattern is found in the book: Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2-1/2" Strips by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Catnip by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics.
Sprinkles on Top quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique from her Jelly Filled book. Fabric is Catnip by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics.

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#2 Kaleidoscope

Here’s a mesmerizing block design that is a twist on a classic log cabin block. This is one of those quilts that looks great in literally any fabric collection.

Kaleidoscope quilt pattern by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Gooseberry by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Make it with 1 Jelly Roll.
Kaleidoscope jelly roll quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Gooseberry for Moda Fabrics.

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#3 Square Dance

This one makes me think of the scrappy quilts I used to see at Grandma’s house when I was young.  It’s funny how quilting has changed–we buy yardage now to cut up in tiny pieces. Grandma’s quilts would carry bits of old aprons or dresses. Whatever they could find, really. Square Dance has a similar hodgepodge sort of charm and is made with 1 Jelly Roll .

Square Dance jelly roll quilt PDF pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Square Dance jelly roll quilt by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Lollipop Garden for Moda Fabrics.

Quilt Details:

  • Pattern: “Square Dance” by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
  • Fabric: Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
  • Pieced by: Vanessa Goertzen
  • Quilted by: Marion Bott

#4 Heartthrob

This quilt is dedicated to all of us who have loved someone. My first crush was on a boy in my fourth-grade class. He must have liked me too, because on Valentine’s Day, he brought me a present – the ingredients and recipe for his mom’s famous pineapple upside-down cake. That boy must have known what sugar means to me! This quilt is like a book of the heart. When we are young, there are not so many lines in the book, but there are so many different kinds of love that we will experience: unrequited love, youthful heartthrobs, the first kiss kind of love, long-lasting love, the first moment of parenthood, best friend, or heartbreaking love. We experience them all, and they write upon the pages of a beautiful book.

Heartthrob jelly roll heart quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern is from her book: Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2-1/2" Strips. Fabric is Bloomington by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Heartthrob jelly roll quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique from her Jelly Filled book. Fabric is Bloomington for Moda Fabrics.

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My cousin Stephanie has a gift for planning beautiful parties. I have drooled over many a charcuterie board she has thrown together. There is an art to such a thing; a sense of order while making it appear effortless. This quilt is an ode to her and those who make magic for others. The placement of the blocks gives an illusion of overlapping stars – and is easier to piece than it looks. In fact, the hardest part will be deciding how scrappy to go. I opted for a less scrappy look by using fat quarters. Even if you decide to use scraps or a precut 2-1/2″ strip bundle, you can control some of the scrappiness by placing the prints in sections by color (or not). No matter what you decide, this design is sure to impress – no magic wand required. And the best news of all? Download the Smart Cookie Jelly Roll pattern for free here.

FREE Smart Cookie jelly roll quilt pattern by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern originally found in her book: Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2-1/2" Strips. Fabric is Meraki by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
FREE Smart Cookie jelly roll quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Meraki by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics

Quilt Details:

Pattern: “Smart Cookie” from the book Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2-1/2″ Strips (Stash Books)

Fabric: Meraki by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics

Pieced by: Vanessa Goertzen

Quilted by: Allison Black of AB Quilting Studio

#6 Chatterbox

Well this one is an oldie but a fan favorite for sure. You can make this geometric beauty with either 2 Jelly Rolls -or- 2 Layer Cakes (or a combo of the 2). I’m dreaming of make a completely solid version in charcoal or light grey.

Chatterbox jelly roll quilt PDF pattern by Lela Boutique. Fabric is Folktale by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Chatterbox jelly roll quilt by Vanessa Goertzen. Fabric is Folktale by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

Quilt Details:

  • Pattern: “Chatterbox” by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
  • Fabric: Folktale by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
  • Pieced by: Vanessa Goertzen
  • Quilted by: Marion Bott

#7 Stargazing

As a kid, camping was always a memorable event. I would gladly sleep on hard ground, abandon modern conveniences, and adopt the perfume of insect repellent – because it meant I got to enjoy Dad’s heavenly Dutch oven cooking. There was freshly baked bread, beautifully braided and golden brown on top; the chocolate cherry cobbler, piping hot and the very definition of decadence. This quilt is an homage to those nighttime skies full of stars and memories of good food beneath them.

Stargazing jelly roll friendship star quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern found in her book: Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2-1/2" Strips. Fabric is Quill by Three Sisters for Moda Fabrics.
Stargazing jelly roll friendship star quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique from her Jelly Filled book. Fabric is Quill by 3 Sisters.

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#8 Hot Cross Buns

One a penny, two a penny. Hot Cross Buns. This Jelly Roll quilt has been stitched up many times at my house over the years and is packed with dozens of colorful plus sign blocks. It carries a simple and modern look made up in this Smoke & Rust fabric collection.

Hot Cross Buns plus sign quilt by Lella Boutique. Make it with a Jelly Roll (2.5" strips) or a Layer Cake (10" squares). Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Hot Cross Buns jelly roll plus quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Fabric is Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

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For more Jelly Roll quilt ideas, be sure to check out my book, Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2-1/2″ Strips. Don’t forget to check out my Jelly Roll giveaway popping up on Instagram @lellaboutique and Facebook.

Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2-1/2" Strips by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Really great jelly roll quilt patterns in this book.
Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2-1/2″ Strips by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

5 Comments

  1. charquilts

    September 16, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Beautiful quilts…. Love reading your lil stories too!..❤️

  2. Tammy Howell

    September 16, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Thank you for the Smart Cookie pattern!! I love this pattern!

  3. Colleen Rayner

    September 19, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Thank-you so much for the pattern ! I hope your Jelly Roll day was sweet 🙂

  4. Audrey

    January 12, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    What is the name of the quilt that appears on the right of you post under MY SHOP and above KEEP IN TOUCH.

    1. Clem Coleman

      January 20, 2022 at 11:46 am

      That is the Starstruck 2 quilt in Folktale fabric. So glad you like it!

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